Fashionably Late: Finishing New Vegas

By: George Weidman

“Fashionably Late” is a new pseudo-monthly series where TPG columnist George Weidman shares his thoughts about games past their prime. Think of them as mini-reviews written in an environment where prices are cheaper and hype is quieter, focusing on insightful analysis rather than consumer advice.

I’m shivering a bit while watching the credits for New Vegas roll by, and it’s hard not to feel like I just finished the best game of this generation. It’s also hard not to blame such high praise on the simple measure of its longevity. New Vegas took me 250 hours to finally put down, with most of that time spent playing my second character. Two-hundred and fifty hours, man. Think of the things I could’ve done with that time.

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Words For The Weekend: An Evening With Mr. Moose

By: George Weidman


By the end of my time playing Puce Moose’s New Vegas mod, my whole world was on fire. I had to contact this man. I’ve played other Puce Moose mods before, but this one in particular reshaped my whole opinion about where a game’s story is supposed to be, and what role the player shares in shaping it. I let him know. The ensuing conversation was steamy and intense.

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Porn and Literature: Examining Game Stories with Puce Moose

By: George Weidman

John Carmack infamously stated that “Story in a game is like story in a porn movie. It’s expected to be there, but it’s not that important.”

John Carmack be damned. Quality videogame storytelling exists, and it’s not secondary to the action. The narrative weaknesses of Carmack’s own RAGE game may have stirred me into writing this piece up, but I’ve been feeling an urge lately to expose one of the most powerful counterexamples to Carmack’s arguments. Here’s an author who has no professional connection to the game or writing industries, yet has managed to elegantly merge the two mediums together over and over again for three years. He does it as a hobby, for free, as a member of the Fallout modding community. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you one of PC gaming’s best-kept secrets: Puce Moose.

Let me put aside any journalistic pretension of objectivity for a minute. This is an editorial and I’m expressing an opinion, so I feel safe in handing out this shameless endorsement: I’m George Weidman, and Puce Moose is my favorite person on the Internet.

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Gaming On Older PCs

If you have an old Windows based computer, you do not need to feel left out of the PC gaming arena.  There are many fine examples of PC gaming greatness you can enjoy on just about any system.  The games below are just a taste of what you can expect to find when looking for games that can run on older PCs.  While they can be sometimes hard to find, they are well worth the effort.

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